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LAUREL SPRINGS – The Ashe County Republican Party held its monthly meeting at the Peak Creek Community Center on U.S. Highway 88 Tuesday, July 17 at 6 p.m.

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BOONE — Opponents running for state House representative in North Carolina’s 93rd district, encompassing both Watauga and Ashe counties, joined together to speak against gerrymandering during a “Draw Your Own Districts” redistricting workshop hosted by Common Cause North Carolina at the Boon…

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LANSING – Lansing Alderman John Blevins announced his resignation, effective Aug. 1, during the alderman comment section of a regular town meeting July 10.

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The following wreck reports have been released by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in Ashe County.

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The Ashe County Board of Commissioners continued its discussion with Ashe County Animal Control about purchasing the department new rifles during its regular meeting on the third floor of the Ashe County Courthouse July 16 at 9 a.m.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The town of West Jefferson’s sign ordinance has been altered, as the West Jefferson Board of Aldermen voted to delete section 1114©(2) from the ordinance in their July 10 meeting.

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JEFFERSON — Ashe County District Court saw many of the county’s recently-arrested appear on July 12. Dustin G. Baker, Brian K. Dishman, Charles A. Dishman, Tyler T. Gilley, Joey L. Hamm and Joshua D. Maine all saw their cases continued to a later date.

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JEFFERSON — Some passing cars beeped their horns, others revved their engines at smiling Democrats standing on the curb of East Main Street, waving flags and campaign signs in celebration of their newly opened Ashe County Democratic Party Headquarters beside Real Life Church from 11 a.m. to …

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Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has filed papers with the North Carolina Department of Health Services Regulation for an exemption from Certificate of Need review to renovate two floors on its Winston-Salem campus. Since the renovation will not change the number of the Medical Center’s ex…

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JEFFERSON — U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Executive Director Julia Houck in Ashe/Alleghany County announced that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits.

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ASHE COUNTY — Progress on the U.S. 221 widening project is gradually moving forward — as much as it has been since construction began in summer 2015, according to the North Carolina Division of Highways.

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JEFFERSON — Ashe County’s recently charged appeared in district court on Thursday, July 5. Brian K. Dishman, Aaron M. Evans, Cody S. Flanagan, India D. Huffman and Cory D. Little all saw their cases continued to a later date.

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RALEIGH — One-stop early voting locations must be open for 12 hours on weekdays and all county early-voting sites must have uniform hours, according to a new law passed by the North Carolina General Assembly.

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The following information was provided by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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JEFFERSON — In the July 2 session of Ashe County Superior Court, four of Ashe County’s cases had their day in court. Pamela D. Ball and Brandon W. Holman had review dates set, while Brian D. Eller and Earl D. Marmie saw their cases continued.

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JEFFERSON — Many of Ashe County’s recent arrests had their day in district court June 28. Latashia R. Hamm, Brandy M. Parrish and Paul A. Smith II were sentenced, while Garry F. Burns, Brian K. Dishman, Charles A. Dishman and Aaron M. Evans saw their cases continued to a later date.

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Ashe County Animal Shelter hours have been extended by the board of commissioners to Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday by appointment only from 8 a.m. to noon.

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The following wreck reports have been released by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in Ashe County.

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The following information was provided by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The West Jefferson Board of Aldermen held a brief special meeting at town hall to make a budget amendment and decide on a contractor to pave the cemetery on Wednesday, June 27, at 11:45 a.m.

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JEFFERSON — The AppHealthCare public health staff, in partnership with Ashe County Animal Control and Ashe County Emergency Management, are together to notify the community in and around Ashe County’s Creston community of confirmed rabies cases. There have been four confirmed cases of rabies…

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Lynna Kate Reeves was born May 22, 2018 at 2:31 p.m. to parents Derek and Crystal. Lynna weighed 9 pounds, 15 ounces at birth, and has an older brother, Tanner. Her maternal grandparents are Ronnie and Penny Brown, paternal grandparents are Libby Reeves and the late Russell Reeves. Lynna’s m…

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BOONE — U.S. 421 in Boone is back open "for now," according to Watauga Fire Marshal Taylor Marsh.

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LANSING – The Lansing Board of Aldermen approved a town budget of almost $150,000 for the 2018-2019 fiscal year during its regular meeting Tuesday, June 26.

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JEFFERSON — Minutes before approving the budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, the Jefferson aldermen voted some last minute additions onto the final budget in their June 25 meeting.

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CRESTON — The Ashe County Sheriff’s Office has reported the findings of a suspected Dimethyltryptamine lab located at 5493 Three Top Road, in the Todd and Creston communities. Dimethyltryptamine is more commonly known as DMT.

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The following information was provided by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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BOONE — On Feb. 13, 2017, the Harper Corporation and Garney Construction Company, Inc. were provided with the Notice to Proceed on the Boone Water Line, Water Treatment Plant Intake and Booster Pump Station Project. The following is an project update summarizing recent and future work.

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The following wreck reports have been released by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in Ashe County.

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Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct amount of space needed between shoulders when paving a Minor Residential/Non-residential street.

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JEFFERSON — After four days of budget workshops, the Ashe County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a nearly $45 million operating budget for fiscal year 2018-2019.

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JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Board of Commissioners have announced a public hearing, to be held July 23, at 5:30 p.m., to discuss the possible abolishment of the Social Services Board.